US Health Department releases new Dietary Guidelines, focuses on Obesity

By on Feb 2, 2011 in Health, United States Comments

The US Department Health and Human Services (HHS), together with the Department of Agriculture, releases new diet guidelines, entitled ‘2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ on Monday, and apparently focusing on obesity or overweight problem.

According to a post at US Department of Agriculture (USDA) website, more than two-thirds of adults and more than one-third of children in America are obese or overweight.

With that, the federal government decided to promote healthier habits to reduce risk of chronic diseases related to obesity and being overweight, as the health guidelines says which is being released every five years.

“The 2010 Dietary Guidelines are being released at a time when the majority of adults and one out of three children is overweight or obese and this is a crisis that we can no longer ignore.” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on the report.

The bottom line is that most Americans need to trim our waistlines to reduce the risk of developing diet-related chronic disease. Improving our eating habits is not only good for every individual and family, but also for our country.” The secretary added.

“Helping Americans incorporate these guidelines into their everyday lives is important to improving the overall health of the American people,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said.

“The new Dietary Guidelines provide concrete action steps to help people live healthier, more physically active and longer lives.” Secretary Sebelius added.

Apparently, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans contains 23 Key Recommendations for the general public and additional 6 Key Recommendations for specific population groups, including pregnant women.

Among the general recommendation to American to reduce weight and to be healthy are: drink water instead of sweetened liquid; eat more fruits and vegetables; choose low-fat milk; as well as to avoid eating salty foods.

Improved American Food Guide Pyramid 1992 version
Photo credit: USDA.gov


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